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Township project going to planners

May 01, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Later this month the Washington Township Planning Commission will review plans for a 110-unit townhouse project on land that abuts a tract in the Borough of Waynesboro that is the site of a proposed 875-unit multi-family home development.

The township project, proposed by developer Ted Snowberger of Waynesboro, would be built on nearly 19 acres on Welty Road.

Snowberger is asking the township to rezone the land from farmland to residential use.

The township's planning commission will take up the request at its May 10 meeting, Township Manager Michael A. Christopher said.

If the planners approve the project it will go to the Township Supervisors for final approval.

Snowberger's plans also must be reviewed by the Franklin County Planning Commission, the Waynesboro Borough Authority, because that agency will supply its public water, and the Washington Township Municipal Authority, which would supply its public sewer system.

Snowberger's development would bump up against 60 acres of land that once was part of the Hollengreen Farm, part of which borders Welty Road.

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The 60 acres recently were purchased by the Otterbein United Brethren Church of Christ. The congregation plans to build a new church complex on the land.

Snowberger's land also touches another 110 acres of the former Hollengreen Farm in the Borough of Waynesboro that was bought by Brian McNew of Brim Builders Inc., a Chambersburg, Pa., developer.

McNew is planning an 875-unit planned residential development on his land. PRDs, as they're called, are designed for high-density construction projects.

McNew has said that he plans to build one- two- and three-story townhouses and condominiums.

His property runs off Pa. 997 and Welty Road west of the east branch of Antietam Creek and runs up the hill to abut property of the Waynesboro Area School District.

About 55 percent of the buyers of his homes would come from Pennsylvania, according to McNew. More than 65 percent of those who would buy homes would be 50 years of age and older, he said.

Prices for his homes would range from the high $90,000s for some of the condominiums to more than $150,000 for some of the townhomes.

Construction of the first homes would begin this summer, he said.

A farmhouse on the property will be razed, but an old barn will be renovated and converted into a community center complete with swimming pool, he said.

McNew said he has not yet come up with a name for his development, but it would include the name Hollengreen after the family who owned the farmland.

"PRDs respect the natural amenities and physical limitations of the land," said Kevin Grubbs, assistant director of engineering for the borough.

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